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Accounting professor to present research forum about pitfalls in decision-making

The way the human brain works may disrupt a persons ability to think appropriately, a common pitfall for decision-makers in the government and private sectors.

But how to overcome such psychological traps can be learned, an Austin Peay State University faculty member says.

While no one is immune to these mind-embedded flaws, one can follow the lead and learn to understand the traps and compensate for them, says Dr. Hassan A. Said, associate professor of accounting.
The way the human brain works may disrupt a person's ability to think appropriately, a common pitfall for decision-makers in the government and private sectors.

But how to overcome such psychological traps can be learned, an Austin Peay State University faculty member says.

“While no one is immune to these mind-embedded flaws, one can follow the lead and learn to understand the traps and compensate for them,” says Dr. Hassan A. Said, associate professor of accounting.

Said will present “Uncertainty and Psychological Traps: Demystifying Some Common Pitfalls in Decision-Making” as part of APSU's Faculty Research Forum series for the 2006-07 school year.

The forum is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12 in the Morgan University Center, Room 308.

“The research will offer decision-makers some specific ways to guard against these common pitfalls,” Said says.

Sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, the Faculty Research Forum provides an opportunity for faculty to share their research and creative works with their peers, students and members of the community. The brown-bag lunch sessions are open to the public at no charge. Free beverages will be provided.

For more information, contact Said by telephone at (931) 221-7560 or by e-mail at saidh@apsu.edu. To learn more about the Faculty Research Forum, contact the Office of Academic Affairs, (931) 221-7676. -- Melony Leazer